November 25, 2002
Volume 8 Number 208
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Howard H. Vogel
SUPREME COURT OF TENNESSEE SUPREME COURT DISCRETIONARY APPEALS
Court:TSC - Rules
JOSEPH D. BOLINGER v. SHARON ANN PIERCE BOLINGER
Terry M. Basista, Jacksboro, for the Appellant, Sharon Ann Pierce
Johnny V. Dunaway, LaFollette, for the Appellee, Joseph D. Bolinger
In this divorce case, the sole issue for our review is whether the
Trial Court properly classified three IRAs held by Joseph D. Bolinger
("Husband") as partially marital and partially separate assets.
Applying the analysis set forth by the Supreme Court in the case of
Langschmidt v. Langschmidt, 81 S.W.3d 741 (Tenn. 2002), we hold that
the IRAs, which were funded with premarital assets, should be
classified as Husband's separate property. We therefore vacate the
Trial Court's judgment that the IRAs are partially marital assets and
remand this case.
ALVIN RAY MAYS v. HELEN DARLENE MAYS
Richard A. Spivey, Kingsport, Tennessee, for Appellant.
Gregory W. Francisco, Kingsport, Tennessee, for Appellee.
In post-divorce action, the Trial Court changed from the mother to the
father, the role as primary custodian of the minor child. On appeal,
CHARLES MONTAGUE v. MICHAEL D. KELLUM
Charles Montague, pro se Appellant, Mountain City, Tennessee.
James A. Nidiffer, Johnson City, Tennessee, for the Appellee Michael
This legal malpractice claim arises from the filing by attorney
Michael D. Kellum ("Defendant") of an unverified post-conviction
petition on behalf of Charles Montague ("Plaintiff"). The post-
conviction petition was dismissed by the Criminal Court on the merits
and because it was not verified. We vacated a previous grant of
summary judgment to Defendant to allow Plaintiff time to conduct
discovery. While on remand and during discovery, the Court of
Criminal Appeals affirmed the dismissal of Plaintiff's post-conviction
proceeding for the sole reason that the petition was unverified.
Thereafter, the Trial Court again dismissed this lawsuit after
concluding, inter alia, Plaintiff had suffered no damages. We vacate
DEBRA LEE BENNETT PERSADA, v. TIM HOWARD PERSADA
Thomas E. Cowan, Jr., Elizabethton, Tennessee, for Appellant.
Olen G. Haynes, Jr., and Robert D. Arnold, Johnson City, Tennessee,
In divorce action the parties reached an agreed property settlement by
mediation. Before Judgment, the husband repudiated the agreement, but
the Trial Court heard evidence on the validity of the agreement and
enforced the agreement by entering Judgment thereon. We affirm on
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. RONNIE K. DANIEL AND JESSICA J. ECHOLS
J. Daniel Freemon, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee (on appeal), and Lee Ofman,
Franklin, Tennessee (at trial), for the appellants, Ronnie K. Daniel
and Jessica J. Echols.
Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Christine M. Lapps,
Assistant Attorney General; Ronald L. Davis, District Attorney
General; and Sharon E. Guffee, Assistant District Attorney General,
for the appellee, State of Tennessee.
A Williamson County jury convicted the defendants of DUI, first
offense. Defendant Daniel was sentenced to eleven months and
twenty-nine days, all suspended except for 90 days incarceration.
Defendant Echols' eleven-month and twenty-nine day sentence was
suspended after 30 days incarceration. The sole issue on appeal is
whether their sentences are excessive. We find the defendants failed
to file their notices of appeal within 30 days of the trial court's
orders overruling their motions for new trial; therefore, their appeal
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. OLIVIA WILLIAMS
Susanna L. Thomas, Newport, Tennessee, for the appellant, Olivia
Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Angele M. Gregory,
Assistant Attorney General; Al C. Schmutzer, Jr., District Attorney
General; and Ronald C. Newcomb, Assistant District Attorney General,
for the appellee, State of Tennessee.
The defendant pled guilty to one count of Class D felony theft over
$10,000, received an agreed three-year sentence, and agreed to allow
the trial court to determine the manner in which her sentence would be
served. The trial court ordered the sentence to be served in
incarceration. In this appeal, the defendant argues the trial court
erred in denying alternative sentencing. We affirm the judgment of
the trial court.
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